End of Year: Summer Dreaming

I love the end of the school year. Reflecting on how students have grown, thinking of all the great fun, but also, I love that the end of the school year means time for some of my favorite things:

  • Catching up on books:  I love to read, and during the school year it takes me a LONG time to get through a book (maybe 2-3 pages a day!).  So, in the summer, I cherish taking a book outside and reading it often cover to cover in one afternoon.  What a luxury?!  I just finished Delicious by Ruth Reichl and it was, as it sounds, yummy!  Not sure what's next.  Which leads me to one of my other favorite activities...
  • Cooking: I also LOVE to cook.  And I do cook all school year long, but during the summer I have time to play with recipes, mull them over, search the farmer's markets for rich berries and plump pit fruit and then think of all the fun ways to serve them.  I'm already thinking of a tart aux framboise inspired by my recent travels and maybe figuring out a viennoise aux chocolate.  Check back here over the summer for what's cooking.  And in between cooking and reading, I plan to be...
  • Writing: Summer means time to finish the book I've been working on and send it out to agents. (I'll let you know how that goes!)  Eeek.  A bit scary, but exciting.
  • Running:  I am an ultramarathon runner, and I am looking forward to some long trail runs with the warm weather.  Summer is great for those sunrise mornings, and I can't wait to stretch my legs for some long morning runs.

Take a look at the ways Secondary Smorgasbord teachers relax and recharge. And we’ll have fun fun fun... We made it to the end of another year. How do you unwind at the end of a long school year? Travel? Veg? Share your favorite way to just chill.



  1. Writing a book is exciting! I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes once you send it off!

  2. Wish we lived closer - I would love for you to teach me to cook!! (and so would my hubby!)

  3. Summer reading is the best. You can read all day and never, ever annotate ;) So exciting about your book!

  4. I love summer reading too! I just bought 3 books from the book fair to get me going. :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  5. Wow! Your summer sounds as busy as a regular school year! Ultra-marathon runner- have you ever thought about doing the Bolder Boulder in Boulder, CO. It's every Memorial Day weekend. What's your book about? So many ?s... :)

  6. Congrats on writing a book! Go you! I'm super impressed by your summer plans...they sound yummy and full of adventure!


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